Returning to Campus: A Student Guide

Guttman Community College is excited to welcome back students, faculty, and staff for a safe and gradual return to campus. This webpage contains information concerning important policies, guidelines, and procedures for campus usage and classroom engagement; it also contains information on how to access student services and resources.

Returning to the Guttman Campus

Student in a classrrom, wearing a mask, raising their handUnderstanding Class Modalities 

  • Online – Asynchronous classes do not require you to log in to your virtual course at a specified time. You must complete coursework, for example, watch pre-recorded lectures, films or other provided media such as readings, on your own time, but be mindful of due dates specified by your professor!
  • Online – Synchronous classes do require you to log in to your virtual course at a specified time. You must be present (online) at the time the class is scheduled to meet in CUNYfirst.
  • Hybrid classes include a combination of online instruction (synchronous or asynchronous) with some in-person class meetings taught face-to-face in a classroom on campus based on the schedule in CUNYfirst.

Check CUNYfirst to Verify Your Class Modalities  

  • Online – Asynchronous courses will be listed as “Online-Asynchronous”
  • Online – Synchronous course will be listed as “Online-Synchronous” and will list the days and times for the online synchronous (live) sessions.
  • Hybrid courses will appear as “NCC 40th *Room” on CUNYfirst.

COVID-19 Vaccine Policy 

Per CUNY policy, any student visiting campus for any reason must be fully vaccinated and have their vaccine documents approved in CUNYfirst. Please review the CUNY vaccine mandate.

Reminder: Although COVID-19 vaccinations are not required for Fall 2 online classes, students should make plans to be vaccinated as soon as possible, in advance of the Spring 1 session which begins on March 5, 2022.

Spring 1 2022 COVID-19 Vaccine Deadlines:

To meet the Spring 2022 vaccination deadline, unvaccinated students need to get:

  • the first shot of the Moderna vaccine no later than 1/22/22, or
  • the first shot of Pfizer no later than 1/29/22, or
  • the single shot of Johnson & Johnson or second dose of Moderna/Pfizer no later than 2/19/22

Deadline to upload vaccine documents in CUNYfirstFebruary 26, 2022

Spring 1 2022 COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Deadlines:

If you are eligible for the booster on January 28: You must upload proof of receiving the additional shot to CUNYfirst no later than March 1.

If you become eligible after January 28, but before the end of the semester: You will have 30 days after you become eligible to get the booster and upload proof to CUNYfirst.

You will become eligible for the booster:

  • five months after the second shot of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
  • two months after the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The CDC recommends you choose the Pfizer or Moderna booster in most situations, regardless of which shot you received. Learn more about the booster shot and find a site near you here:

Instructions on uploading your booster proof are available here. If you attended in-person or hybrid courses this past fall and already uploaded proof of your first vaccines, you will have to add the booster shot — unless you have an approved exception or exemption.

Students who miss the deadline will not be able to register for Summer 2022 or Fall 2022 classes.

Vaccine Exemptions & the CUNY COVID-19 Testing Program

Medical exemptions and religious exceptions can be requested via the Vaccination Verification portal in CUNYfirst.  The COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Exemption Request Form can be downloaded here. Students requesting medical exemptions will also have to submit additional documentation signed by a healthcare provider.  Students who have been granted medical exemptions or religious exceptions are required to show evidence of a negative COVID test from an approved CUNY testing site taken no more than 7 days prior to the visit to campus. Students who do not show proof of vaccination or a negative test won’t be able to attend class sessions on campus, or visit a campus for any reason.

Scheduling a Testing Appointment

To sign-up for a testing appointment, follow the link and directions that were emailed to your Guttman account from If you cannot locate that email, reach out to Testing slots fill up quickly so don’t delay!

CUNY Testing Program Tips:

Contact Tracing

Symptomatic Individuals

Students, Faculty or staff who have symptoms prior to arriving on campus should stay home. Anyone who develops symptoms while on premises should notify Public Safety and will be directed to leave the premises safely and seek appropriate healthcare.

Infected Individuals

Should an individual who has been on campus test positive for COVID-19, they should notify the Coronavirus Campus Liaison ( In the event of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case, the following steps will be taken:

  • The College will immediately close off areas used by the affected individual and begin cleaning and disinfection to minimize any potential for exposure. Cleaned, disinfected spaces should be available for use after 72 hours.
  • The affected individual will be notified to isolate for 10 days and may not return to campus until cleared by a negative COVID test.

Exposed Individuals

  • All exposed individuals will be notified and given guidance to self-monitor for symptoms, seek testing and self-isolate for 10 days.
    • Unvaccinated individuals must enter quarantine in the event of possible exposure.
    • Fully vaccinated individuals will be required to get tested 3-5 days after the exposure and may exit quarantine and return to campus with a negative PCR test result.